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John D. Billings, The history of the Tenth Massachusetts battery of light artillery in the war of the rebellion 2 0 Browse Search
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ive utterance to sentiments of the most intense disloyalty. You'll be coming back over these roads quicker than you are going now. Are you going On to Richmond? You'll all lay your bones in the ground before you get a sight of it,—were mild specimens of the remarks with which they cheered us on in their most withering manner. But we make brief pause here, and about 4 o'clock reach Milford Station, on the Richmond and Fredericksburg Railroad. Through this small settlement flows the Mat River, crossed by a bridge which was held by a Rebel force under one Kemper, who happened to be on his way from Richmond to join Lee. Him and his force our cavalry had dislodged by skilful tactics, and had captured sixty-six prisoners before our arrival. Having crossed the bridge and advanced about a mile, line of battle was formed, and the corps bivouacked for the night. Our lot was cast in a luxuriant wheat-field. As the enemy was not far away, Longstreet's corps. a line of earthworks wa